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5 February 2020

Town striker supports Suffolk Mind's EARLY Minds initiative

Kayden Jackson was at Whitehouse Community Primary School this afternoon to mark Children's Mental Health Week (Monday, 3 February - Sunday, 9 February). 

Suffolk Mind, who Blues are in partnership with, deliver an EARLY (Emotinal Awareness and Resilience Learnt Young) Minds programme which teaches children about their emotional needs and how to stay well. EARLY Minds sets out to encourage more conversations around mental health and educate children that it is OK to not be OK.

Kayden was taught dragon breathing by CEO of Suffolk Mind, Jon Neal along with year 5 pupils from the school. This technique is designed to calm children down in a situation at school or at home where they perhaps feel angered or upset.

The Town striker then spoke openly to the children about how it is important to open up to your family and friends and to not bottle things up.

"It's so important that they're now delivering these types of sessions at school and to young children. I'm sure a lot of kids will try and bottle things up, but we're here today to educate them that it is OK to talk about how you feel and it is OK to be upset," Kayden told iFollow Ipswich.

"It's so important that schools are being proactive and educating children early doors about the importance of your mental health can only stand them in good stead."

According to major research conducted by Mind, three in five young people (11-19 years of age) have either experienced a mental health problem themselves, or are close to someone who has, and half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, rising to 75% by the age of 24. 

Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind said, “EARLY Minds is part of an approach which is different to others in that it teaches all of us how to prevent mental ill health, moving beyond teaching them to spot the signs of people already unwell. 

“Whitehouse Primary is one school in Suffolk that has received the training which educates and inspires children by increasing their understanding of emotional wellbeing. We’re excited that children there will hear about mental health from a popular figure in Suffolk.”

Suffolk Mind officially launched the EARLY Minds programme in October 2019. For more details visit 

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